BELLSHILL boxer Kris Hughes admits he would have liked more ring time ahead of next month’s Commonwealth title shot, but had to take the opportunity when presented.
A win over Ulsterman Michael Harvey in Cleland will now see the current Scottish featherweight champion face Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton.
The fight takes place at the York Hall in London as Hughes tries to win the title which eluded him last year.
He lost a close points decision to Jamie Arthur in October 2010 and despite only having two fights since breaking his hand earlier this year was eager to challenge Frampton.
Hughes said: “Frampton was a fight I really wanted so when it came up I had to grab it with both hands as even though I’d have preferred more ring time I don’t know when I’ll get this chance again.
“He is being touted as a world class fighter and his manager Barry McGuigan says he is best boxer he’s seen in 30 years, but I believe I can beat him.
“Unlike against Arthur I go into this fight as the more experienced fighter and that can only be a good thing, and even though he is undefeated Frampton’s record does seem to feature a lot of Romanian and Bulgarian journeyman he knocked out in the first round.
“In contrast everyone I’ve faced came to fight and hopefully I can prove all the hype is misplaced.”
Hughes is training with his dad Jim at Orbiston ABC, but will travel to Fauldhouse in the new year for a training camp with former pro Colin McNeil.
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